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Internet Explorer Users: Urgent Security Issue

Post by darvit » Mon 14th Apr 2008

UPDATE: This issue has been resolved. FanGathering is safe again! Please check this post for more information. Thanks for your patience!

I just found some malicious code on the main FG site, Fanfiction Archive, and on the FanArt Gallery and I believe that it has been working on some of our IE6 users. [UPDATE: For IE7 users as well! :shock: Oh wait, that isn't too shocking. :lol: ]

I suggest that you upgrade to the latest browsers right now:
Firefox
Opera
Safari 3

Please remain here on the forum. This is the safest place if you're an IE/Windows user.

Don't panic. Just run a virus scan to be sure, but don't panic.

I have contacted MichaelM and I'm sure he will respond soon when he wakes up or something.

/EDIT: Please update your friends and warn them beforehand [e.g. IM or email, etc.], even if you're not sure if they're even using IE in the first place! Thanks!
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Re: Internet Explorer Users: Urgent Security Issue

Post by 017350 » Mon 14th Apr 2008

Uh oh... I use IE7. Does that mean that I can't get on the FanFiction Archive? Oh well... I can wait.

btw- I thought you already left, darvit.
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Post by darvit » Tue 15th Apr 2008

017350 wrote:Uh oh... I use IE7. Does that mean that I can't get on the FanFiction Archive? Oh well... I can wait.

btw- I thought you already left, darvit.

Yeah, please don't go on the FF Archive. Unless you can download either Firefox, Opera, or Safari, that is. ;)

And I usually get on here when there are emergencies like this one! ;) And I'm scheduled to return around two weeks from now. :P
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Re: Internet Explorer Users: Urgent Security Issue

Post by HollyShort9 » Tue 15th Apr 2008

017350 wrote:Uh oh... I use IE7. Does that mean that I can't get on the FanFiction Archive? Oh well... I can wait.

btw- I thought you already left, darvit.



Er... 017?

You CAN go on the FanFiction, the Main Site and the FanArt, but if you don't wanna get a virus, then you don't wanna go on there.

You can get on, but it

1) Has viruses attached to it because some stray hacker planted them.

2) Will send tons of viruses into your computer

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3) That would be very stupid.

Let's just wait till Mich can get on and figure out a way to un-virus the FA, FF, and MS pages. K?
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Re: Internet Explorer Users: Urgent Security Issue

Post by Target Aquired » Tue 15th Apr 2008

I was wondering what's been going on...

I use Internet Explorer, and my computer comes with McAfee security system. It's been blocking the viruses (identified as Trojans?), so good news for McAfee users. Still, I've been keeping off because the pages are uploading so slowly anyway.

I hope you guys get all the bugs out soon. Good luck!

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Post by _Lenore_ » Tue 15th Apr 2008

Okay, umm... I'm scared. When will these be fixed? And the other forums are okay, right? Just don't go into those particular ones?
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Post by darvit » Tue 15th Apr 2008

Yeah, the forum is safe. :) Just stay away from the main site's front page [I got it figured out now; only the first page is infected], the fanfiction archive, and the fanart gallery. I just got a reply from Michael [albeit two hours ago--silly darvit doesn't check her email as often as she should!] and I'm sure he'll get on here by tomorrow [it's really late in NI right now].

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Post by Sofie » Tue 15th Apr 2008

So that's what's been botherng my virus programs lately! Thanks for clarifying that! I'll download Firefow right away, I think. It sounds better, anyway.
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Post by Artemis F. » Tue 15th Apr 2008

A virus? *chuckles* Not very suprising. This is a big website, after all. Someone was obviously looking for a challenge. This place must have attracted their attention.
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Post by Holly314 » Tue 15th Apr 2008

Maybe, but it's not nearly as big as myspace, or youtube. Those are prime targets. I tried going on the main page and the fanfic archive a lot, but it was just a blank screen; nothing ever came up. Does that mean I'm safe???

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Post by Artemis F. » Tue 15th Apr 2008

Maybe. Who's to say? Anyways, I think the person who bugged this place might come back for more. He/she did only bug a few pages after all. Just be on your toes, in case he/she does come back around again.
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Post by darvit » Tue 15th Apr 2008

Holly314 wrote: I tried going on the main page and the fanfic archive a lot, but it was just a blank screen; nothing ever came up. Does that mean I'm safe???

Definitely not. That just means that the script worked on your browser. If you're on Firefox/Opera/Safari, you should be able to visit these infected pages with no trouble.

Please run a virus scan on your computer. Watch out for some trojan alerts.

@Artemis F: No, it's just a random hacker who targeted all sites who have Coppermine Photo Gallery installed. Coppermine is the FanArt Gallery's software right now. The tech people at Coppermine have released some quick security upgrades to prevent this from happening again. The thing is, the hackers have made some great damage on the Gallery. When MichaelM gets here, I bet he'll have a hard time cleaning out all the contaminated files [the Gallery is HUGE! :shock: ].
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Post by Mentos_not_mental » Tue 15th Apr 2008

I really hope that this virus thing will be solved. Ugh.. the pages keep loading slowly and my scanner on my computer is always blocking the virus from coming on to my computer. Right now, FG is my homepage.. so I probably should change it huh? :lol:
Haha! MichaelM is going to have a hard time cleaning out the gallery. :razz:
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Post by Meova » Wed 16th Apr 2008

I just thought you should know, I alerted 1holly and Carino. HS9 alerted more people *including me*, but I don't really remember who anymore.
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Post by dee_sequel » Wed 16th Apr 2008

I NEED THE FANART PART BACK!!!!=SOB= ok, done. i don't know much about viruses, but will they be able to get them out of the system without destroying everything else? i feel like we're huddling in a bomb shelter waiting to be told nuclear waste won't kill us.
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